The latest offering from Huawei has improved specs, a sleeker design than its predecessor, and is up there with the best gaming phones of 2016. If you want to go against the curve, away from the heard of iPhone and Samsung users, this lesser known model will reward you for your individuality.

The Specs

Here are the facts. This piece of kit is running at the cutting edge of mobile technology. The platform is Android OS, v.6.0 (marshmallow) and uses a Quad-core 2.3 GHZ Cortex A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHZ Cortex A53 CPU. The GPU is a Mali T880 MP4. The phone has 32GB of storage with 3GB of RAM, which can go up to 4GB on higher spec models, and the screen resolution is a cool 1080X1920 pixels.

The camera is a 16 megapixel, 27mm OIS, with phase detection, autofocus, and a dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Other features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, and panorama.

The phone itself is 185g and 7.9mm in thickness and is durable, with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The 6 inch multi-touch screen is easy to navigate, and the phone design looks great.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Huawei Ascend Mate 7” (CC BY 2.0) by Janitors

Caption:  If you thought the previous model looked good, wait until you see the new one

The ultimate gaming phone?

The amount of storage and RAM available on the phone, along with its high screen resolution, make it an ideal phone for gaming. It could well be the best of its kind. In a world where mobile gaming is so popular, it could easily outshine its competitors in the market this year.

2015 saw the rise of online casinos creating apps for mobile phones. People who loved playing live roulette games online from their computer could also download an app to play on their phone. To get the full enjoyment from the games, though, it is important to have a high spec phone that can run them well. This phone is insanely fast, which is what you want if you only have a short amount of time to play. Nobody wants to see a loading screen for minutes on end. Fans of casino games and other games to pass the time would be wise to look into buying a model like the Huawei Mate 8.

Other benefits

One of the biggest complaints among smartphone users is how frequently they have to charge them. The Huawei Mate 8 uses a 4000 Mah battery that enables it to go on running for days without fresh juice, even with heavy usage. Another huge benefit is that at £429, it is a hell of a lot cheaper than its closest rivals, even though the specs prove it is just as good, if not better. It just goes to show that a lot of the cost is to do with brand names.

This phone looks good, is great for gaming, budget friendly and unique. If you are looking for a something different in 2016, the Huawei Mate 8 would be a great option.